L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

  1. Write what you want to read: If you yourself wouldn’t pick up the book or story you’re writing and read it with joy, then you shouldn’t’ be writing it.
  2. Write with intention: All writing has a purpose – and it needs a purpose if you want your writing to get better and read as something enjoyable.
  3. Use psychology when writing: Yes, there is research involved no matter what kind of book you’re writing.
  4. Write as often as you can: Even if all you’re writing is a paragraph, it’s better than not writing at all.
  5. Eliminate distractions: If you want to write better, you have to eliminate distractions that keep you from writing.
  6. Research storytelling and story structure: This is largely for the fiction writers out there, but all writers can benefit from this writing tip of improving your storytelling. Storytelling and writing are not the same things.
  7. Always get feedback for writing: It’s very difficult to gauge your own writing – because you wrote it. This is much like trying to tickle yourself. It just doesn’t work because you’re the person doing it and is much more effective when someone else does it.
  8. Focus on new ways to phrase common visuals: One of the best ways you can strengthen your creativity is by consciously thinking about how you can describe common things in new, interesting ways. You want to make people see that common item or situation or visual in a brand-new light.
  9. Practice writing when you’re not writing: When you look at the world, how do you see it? Probably the same way everyone else does.
  10. Use strong language: It’s the single best way to make your writing more captivating without really adding anything new. You just simply have to replace weak language with stronger, more descriptive writing.
  11. Just write to write: Forget about your goals. Forget about how anyone else will interpret what you’ve wrote and just write. Do it for you. Write what you like and what makes you happy. Don’t think about the future or publishing or where you’re going from here. Just grab that outline, sit down, and write because it’s fun.
  12. You’ve got to work: Much to every writer’s dismay, books don’t actually write themselves.
  13. Write for yourself first
  14. You can’t edit a blank page

3 thoughts on “Writing Tips for Beginners:

  1. I loved this. Came visiting since you visited me. I do love to write, and all of your tips are like buoys in the water. Will peruse more. 🙂 Susannah

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    1. LA_Kennedy says:

      Even after all these years, I still look back at my cheat sheets (pages of mistakes I make most frequently – and there are A LOT of pages.)

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      1. But mistakes make you better. Will be callin’ a again. 🙂

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